Hong Kong singer Jacky Cheung recently collapsed on stage during a concert recently, which was later attributed to Meniere’s disease, which causes dizzy spells, also known as vertigo.
- Meniere’s Disease is a rare inner ear disorder.
- It is the result of a build-up of fluid in the inner ear, called labyrinth.
- It contains the organs of balancing and hearing.
- The fluid build-up in the labyrinth interferes with the normal balance and hearing signals between the inner ear and the brain.
- It can lead to severe dizziness (vertigo), ringing in the ears (tinnitus), hearing loss, and a feeling of fullness or congestion in the ear.
- It usually affects only one ear.
- Ménière’s disease can develop at any age, but it is more likely to happen to adults between 40 and 60 years of age.
- Major Symptoms: Vertigo is the most debilitating symptom and is a severe spinning sensation that can cause:
- Severe nausea;
- Ménière’s disease symptoms get worse over time and may cause permanent hearing loss and ongoing balance problems.